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Application & Enrollment Key Dates

Priority deadlines may apply. Admission granted on a rolling basis.

Note: all deadlines are as of 11:59PM ET

 

Program

Application Opens

Deadline: All Materials

Deadline: Payment**

Deadline: Enrollment Forms

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

Winter 2020-21

Oct 15, 2020

Dec 15, 2020

Prior to the first day of class*

2 weeks prior to the first day of class

Spring 2021

Dec 1, 2020

Feb 1

Prior to the first day of class*

2 weeks prior to the first day of class

Summer 1 2021

Jan 4

May 26

May 26

2 weeks prior to the first day of class

Summer 2 2021

Jan 4

Jul 6

Jul 6

2 weeks prior to the first day of class

Tufts Research Experience

Fall 2020

Jul 1

Aug 31

Sep 1

Sep 4

Spring 2021

Dec 1

Jan 4

Jan 15

Jan 15

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Dec 1

May 1

May 15

June 15

Summer Only Programs

Tufts College Experience

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Climate Resilience Institute

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Coding 101

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Engineering Design Lab

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Engineering Investigations

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Food for the Future

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

International Relations

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Leadership for Social Change

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

Mini-Med School

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

SMFA Design Bootcamp

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

SMFA Studio Art

Dec 1

June 1

May 15

June 15

*Check the course dates in the course listing for more details. 

**Applications submitted after the payment deadline will require payment in full on admission to hold their seat.

Who is eligible?

General requirements

Program

Eligibility Requirements for All Students

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

Entering Grades 10-12 (11-12 for undergraduate courses)

Tufts Research Experience

Entering Grades 11-12 and must be 16 at program start

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* a Spring 2021 high school graduate; must be at least 16 years old at program start

Tufts College Experience

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

Climate Resilience Institute

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

Coding 101

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

Engineering Design Lab

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

Engineering Investigations

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

Food for the Future

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

International Relations

Entering Grades 11-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

Leadership for Social Change

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* spring 2021 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

Mini-Med School

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate; 1 year of biology is required

SMFA Design Bootcamp

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate; must be at least 15 years old at program start

SMFA Studio Art

Entering Grades 10-12 *or* Spring 2021 high school graduate

International Students

Both domestic and international students are welcome to apply to and attend our pre-college programs. Please see the information at the end of this page for important information about visas.

Non-Native English Speakers

If you indicate that English is not your primary language, you will be asked to submit evidence of English Language proficiency during the application process. The following are our eligibility standards:

Test or Course

Test Score or Course Grade

Paper-Based TOEFL

600 or above

Computer-Based TOEFL

250 or above

Internet-Based TOEFL

90 or above

CET-4

550 or above

CET-6

520 or above

IELTS

6.5 or above

Intermediate English Course

Unofficial transcript demonstrating B+ or higher in the last 2 years

All-English High School or Middle School

Unofficial transcript demonstrating 1+ years attended in good standing

Application Instructions

Step 1: For Courses at Tufts for HS Only, all other applicants please skip to Step 2 below! 

Register for courses through our student registration portal

Clicking the link above will take you to a list of courses open to our high school students through this program. If you find our course registration portal through another link or this list is not working, you can always find the courses open to high school students by selecting "Open to High School Students" under the Course Features filter.

Registering for courses is simple!

  • Select the course you are interested in
  • Review the course details and requirements
  • Click "add to cart"
  • When you are ready, click the cart in the upper right-hand corner of your screen
  • Create an account
  • Check-out!

For more detailed instructions on registering through this portal, please see our "How to Register" page. Please note that, although course registration takes place before your application materials are submitted, you will be automatically withdrawn and will receive a full refund (with the exception of the non-refundable registration fee) if your materials are not received or not approved prior to the first day of classes.

After you register for your course, you will be directed to the CATHS application and can follow Step 2 below. You will also receive a link to the application by email. If for some reason you do not see the application, please let us know at precollege@tufts.edu.

Step 2 (all programs): Complete an Online Application

The online application will ask you for the following information:

  • Basic personal information, including parents/guardians and emergency contact (if you are under 18, we will contact a parent for permission to enroll)
  • Program-specific information (see below)
  • Contact information for 1 individual to submit a Letter of Recommendation - this individual can be a teacher, counselor, or mentor. We will contact this individual on your behalf
  • Test scores - optional, unless you must submit scores as evidence of English proficiency
  • Warrants and signatures

If you need to log back into this application after starting, click here: return to my application.

Program-Specific Application Requirements

Program

Program-Specific Application requirements

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

Virtual (Spring and Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Tufts Research Experience

Virtual (Spring 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word statement of interest for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research

Tufts Summer Research Experience

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; up to 3 lab preferences with a 250-word statement of interest for each lab; 250-word personal statement describing your interest in and experience with research

Tufts College Experience

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 6 Course preferences in at least 2 time blocks; college prep workshop preferences (optional)

Climate Resilience Institute

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 300-word statement of interest (prompt provided)

Coding 101

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Engineering Design Lab

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Engineering Investigations

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

Food for the Future

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation

International Relations

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; language preferences (placement exam required for intermediate/advanced sections)

Leadership for Social Change

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 250-word statement of interest (prompt provided)

Mini-Med School

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 1 year of biology or its course equivalent

SMFA Design Bootcamp

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript, parent permission, letter of recommendation; design or writing portfolio (optional)

SMFA Studio Art

Virtual (Summer 2021); requires transcript OR list of art classes taken, parent permission, letter of recommendation; 200-word statement of interest (prompt provided); artwork portfolio

Step 3: Upload Your High School Transcript

During your application process, you will be asked to provide us with contact information for an official from your high school. They will receive an email with further instructions to upload your transcript.

Step 4: Parental Consent and Letter of Recommendation

As a part of your application, you will be asked to provide contact information for both a parent/guardian and a recommender. Once you submit your application, our systems will automatically email the parent/guardian and recommender you listed in the application with instructions for how to fill out the online permission or recommendation form.

Please note your application will not be considered submitted and review of your application will not begin until the materials from Step 3 and Step 4 have been received by Tufts Pre-College Programs.

Pre-College Admissions Decision

Once an applicant has submitted an application and all required admissions documents are received, the applicant will be considered for admission by the Tufts Pre-College Programs review committee for the specific program(s) to which they applied.

Decisions are made on a rolling basis and students will typically receive an official email informing them of their admissions status within 10 business days of Tufts receiving all required materials.

If you do not receive your email within two weeks of all materials being submitted, please contact us at precollege@tufts.edu or (617) 627-2926.

Disclaimer: This program is not related to Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions. Participation in this program does not result in admission to a Tufts University degree program. Tufts reserves the right to admit as requested, to deny admission, or to offer provisional admission. The program will not provide feedback to applicants if admission is denied.

Post-Enrollment Materials

Admitted students must do the following prior to the start of the program:

  • Submit a deposit to hold your seat
  • Pay your balance in full prior to the stated deadline
  • Complete all enrollment forms and/or follow-up requests prior to the stated deadline

Should the above not be completed prior to the stated deadlines, the student will be automatically withdrawn from the program.

Admitted Students

Deposit to Reserve a Seat

Admitted students may reserve their seat by submitting a non-refundable deposit. Until a deposit is received, the student is not guaranteed a spot in the program. Please note, the deposit does not cover the full cost of tuition to the program. Please review the full tuition costs on the respective program pages before making a deposit. 

The non-refundable deposit is as follows:

Program

Non-refundable Deposit

Courses at Tufts for High Schoolers

n/a (refundable deposit or payment in full at time of registration holds your seat)

Tufts Research Experience

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Tufts College Experience

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Tufts Summer Research Experience

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Coding 101

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Engineering Design Lab

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

International Relations

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Leadership for Social Change

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Mini-Med School

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Studio Art at SMFA at Tufts

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

SMFA Graphic Design Bootcamp

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Food for the Future

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Climate Resilience Institute

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

Engineering Investigations

$550 must be received within 10 days of admission^

 

This deposit will be requested through the application system and can be paid directly in your application account.

^ Days count includes weekends and holidays

If a program fills before a deposit is made, the student will not be able to participate in the program. Additionally, if a program fills before a deposit is made while waiting for a financial aid decision, the student will not be able to participate in the program.

Enrollment Confirmation

Confirm enrollment with final program materials and fees. In order to be considered enrolled in the program, students are required to pay the balance of their program fees and to submit additional documentation that will enable us to ensure their participation in our programs. Students will not be able to start the program if their payment and forms have not been received by the deadlines outlined below. Final payment for programs can be made through your application account. Please see the “Key Dates” section above for exceptions. Please note:

  • Students not paying in full by this date will be automatically withdrawn from the program. No refunds will be issued if the program withdrawal is after the refund deadline.
  • Students submitting applications after the final payment due date will be required to make their payment in full to reserve their seat in the program in lieu of a deposit.
  • All programs this summer will take place online through Tufts Virtual Campus, with the exception of our Courses at Tufts for High School students.

In addition to making the final payment, there are a series of waivers and documents that students must submit to ensure a safe program experience. These forms will be requested through the Admitted Student portal or through email after admission. Below is a sample of the forms, others may be required. Due to the transition to Tufts Virtual Campus for Summer 2021, some forms may not be required - check your Application Status Page or contact us for more details.

  • Program dependent – Health Information (not required for Summer 2021)
  • Program dependent – Health Consent (not required for Summer 2021)
  • Program dependent – Immunization Record demonstrating vaccines or history of the disease for: TDAP, MMR (2 doses), Meningitis (last 5 years, residential students only), and Varicella (2 doses) (not required for Summer 2021)
  • Parent Agreement
  • Student Agreement
  • Consent to Release Student Information
  • Publicity Consent
  • Obligation to Pay
  • Commuter Students
    • Commuter Travel Information and Waiver
  • Other waivers
    • Some programs have supplemental releases due to specific activities in those programs

Please note that enrollment in any Tufts Pre-College Program is contingent on the receipt of the fees and materials described above.

International Students

Visa Application

Please note all programs for Summer 2021 will be held online through our virtual campus, and therefore, no visa is required. 

Tufts Pre-College Programs welcomes international students in all of its programs. However, visa options and requirements will be different depending on your intended summer program and your current visa situation (if applicable).

Please note that Tufts University is not authorized to sponsor F-1 visas for any of our Pre-College Programs. However, international students interested in the Pre-College Programs may have other visa options. The Tufts International Center can advise you on your individual situation. Please click here to consult this informational page on the International Center web site for more details, or email the International Center directly at icenter.summer@tufts.edu.